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Volvo achieves new UK September sales record


• Volvo Car UK's new car sales reach a record high for the month of September

• 9,147 cars registered, accounting for 2.79% of total new car sales in the month 

• Volvo's September sales volume increased 4% versus the same month in 2019

• Overall market down 4% in the same period

• XC40 premium compact SUV the top seller for Volvo so far in 2020 – the most popular model in its class and the UK's ninth best-selling car overall in September

• Used car sales also rising strongly, with Volvo Selekt Approved Used Car sales up 24% on September 2019, at more than 3,200 units

• UK success mirrored by Volvo Cars' global achievements, with 67,636 sales in September – an increase of 5% year on year

• Volvo Cars remains the market leader in Europe for plug-in hybrid car sales, with PHEVs accounting for a quarter of the company's total sales in the region


Volvo Car UK's September new car sales reached record heights, breaking through the 9,000 mark for the first time. With 9,147 cars registered during the key registration plate change month, the brand saw its monthly total rise 4% year-on-year to deliver a 2.79% market share, up from 2.57% in September 2019.


The achievement is all the more notable for coming in exceptionally challenging trading conditions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Overall, the UK's new car market declined by 4% compared with the same month in 2019.


The XC40 continues to be Volvo's star performer. Not only is it the UK's most popular premium compact SUV so far this year, it was also the ninth best-selling car overall in September. So far, more than 16,000 XC40s have been sold this year, up more than a third on 2019's January-September figure. The XC60 and XC90 mid-size and large SUVs complete Volvo's top three, reflecting the market's growing preference for SUV and crossover-type vehicles.


Pre-owned Volvos are in high demand, too, with Volvo Selekt Approved Used Car sales rising by almost a quarter on September 2019's performance, to 3,289 cars.


The positive performance in the UK is mirrored internationally, with Volvo Cars recording 67,636 global sales last month, a 5% year-on-year increase. Volvo's commitment to electrification is also yielding significant results: having taken a market lead by introducing petrol-electric plug-in hybrid versions across its entire European model range, it remains the leader in the segment, with PHEVs accounting for a quarter of all Volvo Cars' sales in the region.


Matt Galvin, Volvo Car UK Commercial Operations Director, said: "While no one wishes to see the UK's car market in decline, we can celebrate a remarkable achievement in our record-breaking September sales. Now more than ever, people want to make sure they are getting the best products and value for their money, and they are increasingly putting their faith in Volvo. With the benefit of a first-class retail network and a completely renewed product range, and having seized the initiative with electrification, we are perfectly positioned to build on this success."


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